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Trail Running

Estes Park is one of the top trail running locations in the US – challenging, inspiring, and breathtaking.

It has miles and miles of trails ranging from easy to extremely challenging with majestic views on all sides.  The Colorado Rocky Mountains are known for 300 days a year of sunshine, and clean, clear air – a runner’s paradise!

Trail running is a great way to enjoy nature, explore, and get exercise.

In Rocky Mountain National Park trail elevations range from 7,630 feet at the Big Thompson River to 14,259 feet at the summit of Longs Peak with 355 miles of trails to explore.

With so many beautiful trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, there’s a trail for every trail runner.  Suggestion:  Look at trails in the areas of Glacier Gorge , Cub Lake loop, and Lumpy Ridge loop, or Lily Lake & Twin Sisters for great views of Longs Peak.  The trail to the summit of Deer Mountain is a great winter/spring run.

For a scenic, enjoyable 3.6 mile loop, run to Emerald Lake from the Bear Lake Trailhead. However in summer go early and/or on a weekday because this is a popular trailhead with hikers.

Year round Tuesday evening Fun Runs hosted by the Estes Park Running Club start at the Stanley Hotel and head out for 3-5 mile runs. See more information HERE.

For serious training and running camps check out Active at Altitude

Races in Estes Park include the Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon and the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K. Come race on some of the most beautiful courses in America!

Register early for these events as spots are limited!